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About the author:
John and Pegge spent their lives traveling the world reporting as foreign press correspondents. John first taught English in China during the 1930s, after graduating from Carleton College. He then joined the United Press in 1944 as a war correspondent. He met Pegge Parker, a beautiful widowed journalist with an eye toward writing her way around the world. They married, living and working in India during the first years of their marriage.
The Hlavaceks were then off to New York and next Jamaica, where John and Pegge supported the family by covering news events across the globe. In 1961, the family moved to Florida when John began work as staff correspondent for NBC in Havana. John and Pegge meticulously chronicled their lives before and after they met-and the stories they brought to us from afar. Today, John resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Pegge passed away in November 2008.

Assignment The World

This is The John Hlavacek Report, 1964-1966

Authored by John Hlavacek

A Sojourn in Omaha Continues a Lifetime of World Adventures for this Newsman

John Hlavacek, a reporter known for landing the biggest stories of the 40s and 50s somehow ended up in Omaha, Nebraska, in the 60s. For one who filed breaking stories from the farthest reaches of the globe, a Midwestern American city seemed an unlikely stepping stone.

However, an insightful executive team at a local NBC affiliate saw the potential of having Hlavacek join their team. He began his career as a news analyst and foreign-correspondent-in-residence in the studios of KMTV-3, navigating new challenges of being on camera (rather than behind it). After a chance proposal to the executives, he had a new assignment-the world. Hlavacek took Omaha viewers on an exciting journey as he traversed the globe with his wife and fellow journalist, Pegge Parker, and sent stories back to his new home.

Assignment-The World: This is The John Hlavacek Report, 1964-1966 chronicles a new era in television, where a local affiliate could venture beyond its viewing area to bring stories of interest to their own viewers. Here, Hlavacek shares his memories from his travels and the antics of the news team with whom he worked.

Publication Date:
193684009X / 9781936840090
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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